I’m one week into my UK trip and it has been fabulous so far. Seeing as I’ve been an expat for nearly three years now, it’s lovely just seeing my family live their day to day lives and to be able to get involved.
PLUS I’ve had more than one cream tea, so really, life is awesome.
But, before I left for Essex, I headed to Place Flagey in Brussels for a spot of pub grub. When Philip and I first met (10+ years ago, if you’re interested) there was a pub about two minutes away from his London flat and we spent a LOT of time in there. Firstly it was cheap (which if you’re familiar with London, you’ll know is rare) and it had a huge menu jam-packed with excellent food choices.
We ate there pretty much every weekend for about eight months, so it’s safe to say that we like a good pub meal. Which is why we decided to check out The Black Sheep, which opened a little while ago just off of Place Flagey.
Arriving at the (admittedly) very un-Belgian time of 6pm on a Saturday, we were surprised to find that we were the only people there. We chose a booth and went straight to the drinks menu. I opted for a couple of their G and T’s of the month, Citadelle Gin with Fever-Tree Premium Indian Tonic, which let’s face it, would have been lovely enough, but then they added small chucks of green apple, blackberries and cinnamon, which made it really rather special and incredibly moreish.
Unfortunately the main section of the menu was made up of beef burgers, fish & chips and chicken & chips. I had to go to the ‘snack options’ to find anything vegetarian. We decided to get a bit of everything and ended up with a belly busting; chips and dips (€4), vegetables tempura (€6), cheesy breads (€6), nachos (€6) plus some chicken for Philip.
I was hugely disappointed to find that the food didn’t taste as good as it looked – except for the cheesy breads, they were very tasty. I’ll talk you through it… I was surprised that the chips were actually chips and not crisps, unfortunately as soon as I bit into one I could tell they had been cooked in beef fat, which ruled them out for me, Philip ate a few, but declared them very greasy and he didn’t want to finish them.
The vegetables tempura weren’t unpleasant, but didn’t deliver the crunch I was expecting and didn’t overly taste of much. The nachos were definitely more like crisps and although nice, they were a little stingy with the toppings. A handful of cheese had been grated just over the top layer, so once you’d eaten that it was just crisps with a few chopped spring onions. Apparently the chicken was nice, but nothing to write home about.
After we’d eaten I tried The After Eight from their’Dessert cocktail’ menu and was really impressed. It really did taste like the mint centre of an After Eight. And was actually the perfect drink to finish off a meal. By the time we left at 8pm, there were about 10 people inside The Black Sheep, which I found a little worrying, but I’ve been reliably informed that it gets busier as the evening goes on.
I want to go back to The Black Sheep and explore some more of their drinks, but I won’t bother eating next time.
The Black Sheep is located at: Chausee de Boondael 8, Brussels, 1050. You can find out more on their Facebook Page.